Post Surgical

Physical therapy is essential for rehabilitation for post-surgical patients, and it can be highly effective in improving their overall health and quality of life. The specific effectiveness of physical therapy for post-surgical patients will depend on the type of surgery and the individual's unique health status and needs.  Working with an expert physical therapist can help you recover quicker, prevent you from reinjuring yourself and your therapist can act as a guide on your road to recovery.

Physical therapy can be used to improve range of motion, reduce pain and swelling, build strength and endurance, and promote healing after surgery. It can also help patients regain their ability to perform daily activities and reduce the risk of complications such as blood clots or infections.  Over the years we’ve seen patients try to “go it alone” only to have significant set backs and issues after their surgery.  There are certainly things that can be done on your own as part of the recovery process but having an overall rehabilitation plan is very important to maximize the results of your surgery.

Several studies have shown the effectiveness of physical therapy for post-surgical patients. For example, a 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine found that physical therapy interventions were effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients following knee arthroplasty (total knee) surgery. Another study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that early mobilization and physical therapy after hip surgery led to better outcomes and a shorter hospital stay.  The cost savings to the patient for early physical therapy has been shown again and again in many different studies.

Overall, physical therapy is an important component of post-surgical care and can be highly effective in improving outcomes for patients. It is important for patients to work closely with their surgeon and physical therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals.

Did You Know?

  • Physical therapy after surgery is an essential part of the recovery process.
  • Did you know it's important to mobilize your scar after a surgery to make sure it recovers properly?
  • Studies have shown that patients recover significantly faster and have better overall results when they attend physical therapy after surgery.

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